Research facilities

Both computer and experimental labs are available to students in the petroleum engineering program at S&T.

Computer labs provide critical software packages that are commonly used by petroleum engineers to model and solve problems in well drilling, oil and gas production, reservoir performance analyses, reservoir simulation and economic evaluation methods.

Computer labs available to petroleum engineering students include:

  • Multimedia Classroom Learning Center, 130 McNutt Hall
    • Computers in the center are installed with software packages used in the oil and gas industry, including:
      • Eclipse Launcher from Schlumberger
      • Producing System Group: SubPUMP from IHS Energy
      • StimPlan 5.40 from NSI Technologies, Inc.
      • SureTrack 3.0 from Primavera Systems, Inc.
      • Petroleum Economic Analysis Suite by L.F. Koederitz
      • PVT Coorelative by L.F. Koederitz
      • Relative Permeability Suite by L.F. Koederitz
      • Reservoir Simulation Companion by L.F. Koederitz
      • Reservoir Simulation Suite by L.F. Koederitz
      • Graphical Well Test Analysis by L.F. Koederit  

Experimental labs provide equipment and instruments to conduct basic and advanced experiments for teaching and research purposes.

Experimental labs available to petroleum engineering students include:

  • Core Analysis Lab, 112 McNutt Hall
    • Used to conduct basic experiments.
    • Current equipment includes:
      • Hydrometers
      • Helium porosimeter
      • Viscometers
      • USBM apparatus
      • Electric pycnometer
      • Ruska Gas Permeameter
      • Ruska Liquid Permeameter
      • Tensiometer
  • Drilling Fluid Lab, 115 McNutt Hall
    • Used to conduct drilling practice and well completion-related experiments.
    • Current equipment includes:
      • Baroid Rheometer
      • Fan Rheometer
      • Multi-Cell Filter Press
      • Resistivity Meter
      • Marsh Funnel
      • Halliburton Thickening Time Tester
      • Vicat Apparatus
      • Mud Balance
  • EOR Lab
  • Reservoir Mechanism Lab

The program also utilizes departmental facilities that include:

  • Core cutting and preparation
  • Laser ablation
  • XRD, SEM, and a triaxial and fracture cell
  • A direct shear apparatus for determining rock and fracture properties